Our top 6 things to do in Paris


It may be quite silly to try and create a top 6 list of things to do in Paris, as the City of Light has so many things to see, some sites/activities are definitely going to be left off the list.  Oh well, we are going to go for it anyway and the list may have some surprises.  A complete list of the great things to see and do in Paris can be found in our Pairs travel guide.

Notre Dame Cathedral

 On the Ile de la Cité, in the middle of the Seine, is the grand Notre Dame Cathedral.  Construction began in 1163 and was not completed until the 1240’s.  Built in the gothic style, it is considered to the best example of French gothic architecture.  It has beautiful stained glass windows; the largest was removed during WWII and buried deep in the ground to protect it from damage during bombings.  Be sure to enter the cathedral to see the light streaming in through the colourful panes in the windows.  It is possible to climb the tower to get sweeping views of the top of the cathedral and city.  Take a walk around the outside of the cathedral to see the flying buttresses and the many gargoyles. 

Paris - Notre Dame Cathedral


 This famous street stretching from the Arc de Triomphe (Place Charles de Gaulle) to the Place de la Concorde, is a continual hub of activity.  Many high-end shops and restaurants line this bustling street.  Many important events occur along the Champs-d’Élysées such as the Bastille Day parade and the Tour de France. 

Paris, France - Arc de Triomphe


Built to be the royal home of Louis XIV, as he thought the Louvre was not large enough.  The Palace de Versailles is located just outside of Paris and easily accessed by metro/train.  A full day is best to explore the massive palace and grounds.  Don’t miss the golden gate at the entrance and the fountain shows in the gardens.  If there is a long line for tickets at the palace, go to the Tourist Information building located across from the front entrance and purchase tickets there. 

Paris, France - Versailles Palace

Eiffel Tower at night

 Of course the Eiffel Tower makes the list, but we think the best time to see it is at night when it is lit up.  Each night 20,000 bulbs that glitter in the night sky light it up.  On the hour every hour from nightfall until 1am, the lights twinkle and dazzle visitors for 10 minutes.  Two of the best viewing spots are on the bridge, Pont d’Iléna, that crosses the Seine or from the Esplanade du Trocadéro. 

Paris, France - Eiffel Tower at night

Have a picnic

 Paris has more green space within its downtown area than most other bustling cities of the world.  For this reason, it is a great place to have a picnic and take a break from the busy sightseeing to enjoy one of the Parisian’s favourite pastimes.  Check out the blog post here, for some recommended spots. 

Paris, France - Picnic in the Tuleries

Put your feet up during a picnic at one of Paris’ other great parks!

Moulin Rouge

 The famous Paris show in which a motion picture was based upon, the Moulin Rouge is a cabaret-style show in true French fashion.  It is the birthplace of the cabaret show and the world famous can-can dance.  The theatre is located just outside Montmartre and can be easily recognized by the red windmill on the roof.  This classy dinner show features musical dance entertainment including topless dancing girls.  It can be a little crowded but see if you can request a table for 2 or 4 as opposed to one that sits 8 for a more romantic experience.  Get dressed up, enjoy dinner and then sit back and take in the show with a bottle of champagne. 

Paris, France - Moulin Rouge

There are so many other things in Paris, but we feel these are our favourite things to see and do and we think you would like them too!  We hope you enjoy your stay in Paris, although how could you not…

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